When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Tampa, FL. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.
Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Tampa's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.
If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!
There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.
Mediterranean countries include:
Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.
This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.
We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Tampa, FL.
Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.
If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.
Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.
So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?
It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!
Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:
Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.
In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.
First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.
Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.
Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.
Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.
They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.
Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.
Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.
Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.Free Estimate
The state Department of Children and Families announced Tuesday it is poised to stop taking applications for a federally funded rental- and utility-assistance program for low-income and unemployed residents.The department launched the OUR Florida program, or Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance, last year to help people who were behind on rent or utility payments.Applications will be accepted through Thursday. “As we prepare to close the OUR Florida portal, I encourage families who may be interested in receiv...
The state Department of Children and Families announced Tuesday it is poised to stop taking applications for a federally funded rental- and utility-assistance program for low-income and unemployed residents.
The department launched the OUR Florida program, or Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance, last year to help people who were behind on rent or utility payments.
Applications will be accepted through Thursday. “As we prepare to close the OUR Florida portal, I encourage families who may be interested in receiving relief or who have a need to submit their application prior to May 12.
There’s still time to get the relief you need,” Department of Children and Families Secretary Shevaun Harris said in a statement.
Money for the program came from $1.4 billion allocated to Florida by the U.S. Department of the Treasury last year, with about $529 million distributed directly to recipients by local governments with populations of more than 200,000.
The Department of Children and Families said more than $1.3 billion has been distributed to more than 228,000 families through the program.
Low-income renters and people unemployed for at least 90 days before applying have received priority for the money.
The agency aims to have “all available funds obligated” to families who are approved for the program by May 27, according to a news release.
Applications will continue to be processed until available funds are obligated.
“Applications that were already approved for prospective payments will continue to receive the relief previously approved,” the news release said.
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The Bucs' 2022 schedule includes the first game ever to be played in Germany. See photos of the Bucs in offseason training by Bucs staff TAMPA, FL — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be featured prominently in nationally televised spotlights beginning in the first week of regular NFL play when the Bucs take on the Cowboys in Dallas.Be sure to check out the photos above of the Bucs in offseason training at the AdventHealth Training Center by Buccaneers staff photographer Kyle Zedaker.The NFL announced...
TAMPA, FL — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be featured prominently in nationally televised spotlights beginning in the first week of regular NFL play when the Bucs take on the Cowboys in Dallas.
Be sure to check out the photos above of the Bucs in offseason training at the AdventHealth Training Center by Buccaneers staff photographer Kyle Zedaker.
The NFL announced its entire 272-game regular season for 2022 on Thursday night, giving top play to the 2021 Super Bowl champions. The schedule covers 17 games per team over 18 weeks, concluding on Jan. 8.
The Buccaneers have eight games scheduled against playoff teams from 2021, including all four of the conference championship games. Not included in that are 2022 opponents Baltimore, Cleveland, Seattle and New Orleans, all of whom were in the playoffs in 2020.
Tampa Bay's 2022 schedule also includes the first game ever to be played in Germany. The Buccaneers were the designated team for that game at Allianz Arena in Munich, taking on the Seattle Seahawks. This game will replace the normal ninth NFC home game.
The Buccaneers also play late-afternoon games against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3, the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in Week 9 and the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15, all of which will have widespread audiences.
Overall, Tampa Bay has been scheduled for five prime-time games for the third year in a row, coinciding with the arrival of legendary quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady briefly contemplated retirement early in the offseason but has committed to playing for the Buccaneers for one more season.
Fox announced Tuesday morning that Brady will then join Fox as the network's lead NFL analyst upon his retirement.
"We are pleased to announce that immediately following his playing career, seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady will be joining us at @FOXSports as our lead analyst," Fox tweeted.
"Over the course of this long-term agreement, Tom will not only call our biggest NFL games with Kevin Burkhardt, but will also serve as an ambassador for us, particularly with respect to client and promotional initiatives," Fox executive chair and CEO Lachlan Murdoch said in a statement. "We are delighted that Tom has committed to joining the Fox team and wish him all the best during this upcoming season."
Below is the Buccaneers' 2022 game schedule, including the three-game preseason lineup, which is pending dates and times.
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--> Sorry, we're having issues playing this video.In the meantime, try watching one of the videos below.TAMPA, Fla. — Those who are not in Tampa Bay want to be here.A March study by real estate company Redfin, ranks Tampa third among the list of nationwide cities home buyers are looking to move to, even if houses in the Bay ...
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TAMPA, Fla. — Those who are not in Tampa Bay want to be here.
A March study by real estate company Redfin, ranks Tampa third among the list of nationwide cities home buyers are looking to move to, even if houses in the Bay grow more expensive by the day.
"While the costs have definitely risen for some households, there are other households that are going to continue to move into Tampa that see Tampa still as a bargain," CoStar Group real estate analyst Jay Lybik said.
It is historical growth Lybik sees is starting to slow yet remains strong so far in 2022.
Redfin shows renters and homeowners in Washington D.C. and nearby Orlando are relocating to Tampa Bay to save on housing.
"For them it’s like, ‘Wow, it’s on sale,’” Lybik said.
For many others in Tampa, the price of a house or an apartment looks like an overcharge, and Lybik said it is starting to drive some away from the Bay.
"There definitely is a movement in a number of Sun Belt markets that historically were thought of as a low-cost place to live with Tampa being one of them," Lybik said.
Lybik told ABC Action News that residents in expensive metro areas are ditching the city for smaller surrounding areas. In Central Florida and Southwest Florida, it's Lakeland where homeowners from Tampa and Orlando are flocking for a lower cost of living. In fact, Polk County is the fastest-growing county in the state, and it ranks seventh among all growing U.S. counties.
"Smaller markets that are like within two hours of a larger metro are definitely seeing good activity," Lybik said.
But those looking to settle down for good are searching even further away.
"We’re seeing more and more individuals that are just saying, ‘I can’t afford to live in Florida anymore, I need to go a little further north or out west," financial advisor Celine Pastore said.
Retirement in Florida is not as appealing as it once was. Pastore said retirees are looking for ways to downsize, a lot of the time, outside of the Sunshine State.
"They’re really looking for any way that they can to help put some more dollars in their pocket at the end of the month, and if that means moving to another state, they’re going to definitely consider it," Pastore said.
Unbeatable weather, no state income tax, and affordability have, historically, all been reasons to retire to Florida but that last one is now an issue driving some families away.
"It's not that inexpensive place that retirees go to like it used to be," Pastore said.
According to the data, it is actually the opposite.
A Realtor.com study from February ranked Florida the least-affordable state in the country with Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville all recording in the Top 10 for housing cost increases. Not to mention, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, inflation in Tampa outpaces national average and nears the top of rates among all U.S. cities so far this year.
"When you’re living on a fixed income in retirement, you learn really quick how difficult that can be and how challenging inflation can be," Pastore said.
Pastore warns retirees not to jump state lines, just yet.
If you're considering moving away to retire, she advises you find temporary housing in another state, first, to see how you like it. She also says it is not a bad idea to pick up part-time work to keep extra cash on hand.
Lastly, Pastore said it is always best not to panic. She says economic uncertainty is the only thing that is certain and she expects inflation levels to return to normal in the near future.
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF PARADISE? As Tampa Bay continues to attract new residents and businesses, the impact of living in paradise comes at a cost for all of us— from the increasing cost of housing and infrastructure to utilities and insurance. ABC Action News is committed to helping you and your family make the most of your money and navigate through the Price of Paradise.
It’s been over a century since a major hurricane (category 3 or greater) has made landfall in the Tampa Bay Area. That was the 1921 Tampa Bay Hurricane. And while the area has been hit by multiple damaging storms since then, Tampa Bay has somehow avoided the big one.But the Director of the National Hurricane Center, Ken Graham, said that our luck is bound to run out at some point and we need to be prepared for that eventuality....
It’s been over a century since a major hurricane (category 3 or greater) has made landfall in the Tampa Bay Area. That was the 1921 Tampa Bay Hurricane. And while the area has been hit by multiple damaging storms since then, Tampa Bay has somehow avoided the big one.
But the Director of the National Hurricane Center, Ken Graham, said that our luck is bound to run out at some point and we need to be prepared for that eventuality.
He made these remarks during a sit down interview recently at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando with News Channel 8 Chief Meteorologist and Climate Specialist Jeff Berardelli.
Graham referenced the past couple of years hyperactive hurricane seasons and the multiple landfalls in Louisiana, saying that in a different weather pattern, that could have easily been the West Coast of Florida. It would not have taken too much of pattern a shift for that to happen.
It may sound hard to believe, but Florida has only seen 4 landfalling category 4 or greater storms in the past 50 years. The Saffir Simpson hurricane scale categorizes these storms as ‘catastrophic’ damage producers.
These catastrophic storms were Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Hurricane Charley in 2004, Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Hurricane Michael in 2018. The two which affected the Bay Area were Charley and Irma.
While many people who have lived in Florida for a while believe they have experienced a truly catastrophic hurricane, few have. That’s because the worst of the winds and surge in a hurricane are often confined to a very small radius around the center of the storm.
Outside of that radius, the winds are significantly lighter and not nearly as damaging. Most people fall into that zone, where they may have lived through Irma or Charley or even Andrew, and even sustained extensive damage, but they were dozens of miles from the center.
This is vividly illustrated below in category 5 Hurricane Andrew, in which the most intense winds were confined to the eyewall near Homestead, Kendall and Coral Gables, a fair distance south of Miami and very far south of Ft Lauderdale.
If you ask people who lived in South Florida in 1992 if they understand what’s it’s like to go through a catastrophic hurricane, most will say yes. But the truly catastrophic winds were confined to the southern half of the county. Meaning anyone north of Miami did not bear the brunt of the storm.
It is these experiences which concern hurricane experts and emergency managers because it can lead to a false sense of security, feeling they have already seen the worst of Mother Nature, but in reality it can be much worse.
And with so many new residents moving to the Sunshine State, who have yet to experience a direct hit from a hurricane, emergency managers are concerned residents may not fully understand threat. Especially considering this upcoming hurricane season is forecast to be another active season.
In the Tampa Bay Area, only 2 of the above catastrophic hurricanes impacted the area – Charley and Irma.
Hurricane Irma is the most recent in 2017. It made landfall in Big Pine Key as a category 4, causing devastating damage. But the storm quickly weakened as it moved north.
By the time it reached Hardee, Desoto and Polk County the storm was a category 1 hurricane. Nevertheless it managed to produce extensive damage and power outages. It was a formidable storm, but nowhere near as strong as it could have been.
In 2004 Hurricane Charley made landfall near Punta Gorda, south of the Bay Area. Charley was an extremely intense and compact category 4 hurricane. It was so tightly wound that many likened it to a giant tornado, causing buzz saw damage along its path.
Because the system was so tight, it was able to remain intense far inland, even into southern and eastern portions of the Bay Area. Officially the storm remained a major hurricane into Polk County, but was weakening as it moved northeast towards Orlando.
In the case of Charley – Desoto, Hardee and Polk counties all experienced winds gusts well over 100 mph, causing catastrophic damage. But as seen below on this FEMA map, the swath of damage was very narrow. And areas just miles away from the storm like Sarasota, St. Pete and Tampa did not even experience hurricane force gusts.
The bottom line is, most people who live in the state have never experienced the full wrath of major hurricane. Understanding that reality is a key to being adequately prepared this upcoming hurricane season.
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — With the help of air traffic controllers, a passenger with no flying experience made a successful landing at Palm Beach International Airport after the pilot suffered an apparent medical emergency, WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach reported. According to the report, the Cessna Caravan took off from Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in the Bahamas, and was over the Florida...
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — With the help of air traffic controllers, a passenger with no flying experience made a successful landing at Palm Beach International Airport after the pilot suffered an apparent medical emergency, WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach reported.
According to the report, the Cessna Caravan took off from Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in the Bahamas, and was over the Florida coastline, when the pilot became “incapacitated,” and the unidentified passenger took over the controls and radioed for help.
“I’ve got a serious situation here. My pilot has gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane,” the unnamed passenger said.
“Roger. What’s your position?” Air Traffic Control responded.
“I have no idea,” the passenger said. “I can see the coast of Florida in front of me. And I have no idea.”
Robert Morgan, one of the air traffic controllers was outside the tower reading a book when they got the call.
“There’s a passenger flying a plane that’s not a pilot and the pilot is incapacitated so they said you need to help them try and land the plane,” Morgan recalled.
The air traffic controllers told the man to keep the wings level and continue up the coast until they were able to find his plane above Boca Raton.
Although Morgan had never flown a Cessna Caravan, he was able to guide the man to land safely by looking at a picture of the cockpit.
“I knew the plane was flying like any other plane, I just knew I had to keep him calm, point him to the runway and tell him how to reduce the power so he could descend to land,” Morgan said.
“Before I knew it, he said, ‘I’m on the ground, how do I turn this thing off?'”
“You just witnessed a couple passengers land that plane,” one of the controllers said over the radio, according to CNN.
“Did you say the passengers landed the plane?” another asked.
“That’s correct,” the controlled replied.
“Oh, my gosh. Great job.”
Morgan said he met the passenger on the tarmac and they hugged it out.
“It felt really good to help somebody and he told me that he couldn’t wait to get home and hug his pregnant wife,” Morgan said.